“The Power of Illegal Immigration to Manipulate Popular Sentiment”

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, is credited, along with fellow political consultant Sam Nunberg, in coming up with the idea to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border did not come from security analysts following years of study or through evidence that a wall would reduce illegal immigration. Amazingly, for something so central to the current U.S. president, the wall came about as a “mnemonic device” thought up by a pair of political consultants to remind Donald Trump to talk about illegal immigration. […]

Inside Trump’s circle, the power of illegal immigration to manipulate popular sentiment was readily apparent, and his advisers brainstormed methods for keeping their attention-addled boss on message,

writes Joshua Green, author of Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising. []

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 2019-01-04

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